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I have a stock Bronco with a 302. Every thing works, body is in good shape, I have redone the interior. Now I want to improve the suspension and driveline (axles and diff), my C6 and transfer case work well now, dont think I want to change that yet. Any way, what modifications should I consider, for mild offroad driving, (fireroads, ranch land, sand roads). I dont need a huge lift, maybe just enough to accomodate 32-33" tires. All suggestions would be welcome. I am new to fourwheeling so I not quite sure which way to first.
 

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what i know from my 1990 bronco with 31 in tires i can go anywhere on sands and plus dirt roads and it handle pretty good with stock suspension and as it sits you can put 32 inch tires under it with mild rubbing on the frame and there is a leveling kit that you can get and it well allow you to fit 33s under it just my 2 cents and my axles have the 3.55 gears in it and it handles every thing good
 

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you could do a leveling kit if you wanted, but those had pretty large wheel wells so you might not have to lift it at all. but you might just have some radius arm rubbing and little stuff like that when you turn to full bump.
 

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Are you getting stuck/having problems, or do you just want to throw money at your truck? Front locker, rear locker, chromo shafts, bigger tires, skid plates, solid front axle, 1 tons, full cage, 5 point harnesses, 4 link rear and 3 link front, coil overs, inverter and microwave, satellite phone for when you get stuck and don't want to walk...
 

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For me steering and handling is number 1 as far as "improvements" go.

YMMV?

Toe-in you can do yourself but how do the front tires sit first?
/--\ or \--/ or /--/ or \--\ or what?

Does it sit square to the flat-level ground, side to side, front to back?


;)

Radius arm bushings, TTB pivot bushings worn/loose ball joints, tie-rod
ends and the steering gear are all cheap and easy for you to fix yourself.

Mine sagged ~1" on the driver's rear corner and fixed that temporary
with a homemade spacer. Later I'll re-arch the leaf springs myself using
a sledge hammer so they leave the vehicle straight.

If you want/need to raise the rear a little re-arching the rear springs will
be cheap as dirt if you do that yourself and you'll get a good work out
at the same time saving money on gym costs too? ;)

New shocks are cheap, I got dual Rancho 5000's front and back.

Yours still got the front (anti) sway bar?

There's lots of threads on how to find -and- fix play in the steering.
Yours got more than a half-inch of play at the steering wheel?

Toe-in is something you can experiment with and find out what you
like best, my personal favorite is zero to 1/32" toe-in...





Tires with sissy/blingy/flashy raised lettering don't work so good with
my toe-in measuring method, BTDT and didn't work out so good. :/

Alvin in AZ
ps- My ~32" 265/75-16E's on 16x8" wheels with 4" inset -barely-
rubbed the radius arms at some point and that's it. Perfect IMO! :)
pps- Fill out your stuff. Where you at and what year is your Bronco?
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get a 2.5" leveling kit and an add leaf in rear put 33" tires and have fun
 

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Thanks for the info

1990Bronc and CW Bronco thanks. Demonio Irelandes, too funny, but real, micrwave and sat phone best Ive heard yet, I love it, ive been LMAO all day. 82BKO i'll read it. Alvin in AZ good info,will search further. Thin Blue line keepin it simple.

I guess i may throw a little money at it, but i will not go over board, yet. I tseem some the best ideas don't cost a whole lot, not compared to modding my 85 Mustang (still not done). It seems a good suspension with adequate clearance, taller tires, new front end harware is the easiest, most practical start, along with the sat phone of course. Thanks all.
 

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By the way

What is exactly is "droop" and "bump" ? What creates them, and how to best set up for them for best performance. I read the terms negative droop, bump and bump steer, but don't know how to apply this to setting up a suspension.
 

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...don't know how to apply this to setting up a suspension.
Don't worry about any of that stuff... just put everything "back to stock"
condition first, IMO, can't go wrong there, then modify later if you want?

Climb under it and figure out what all is "not looking quite right" about it.

Have a helper rock the steering wheel while you -feel- each place there
could be play in the steering system for example. Just got done doing this
with my son's '75 F250 Farm Truck and found only the tie rod at the end
of the pitman arm was loose. The Steering gear's sector shaft didn't move
to the side any either. :) ...just went straight to twisting which is "out of
character" for and old Dent Side. ;)

Get the front tires off the ground and check for play in the ball joints and
front wheel bearings.

Just do stuff like that first, replace all of it at once if you find a few of those
things loose or messed up, make it a lot more fun vehicle to drive IMO.

BTDT, it's cool. :)

If everything seems fine and the thing sits straight (like mine did) then your
job was easy. Just check the toe-in and drive it. I've typed out how to set
the toe yourself here a couple times so it shouldn't be all that hard to find.

Alvin in AZ
 

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I want to replace parts in the steering system. There is a lot of play in the wheel, so much so that when I first drove it, I was all over the road. I have gotten use to it, now I can steer straight with one finger. But I know it needs attention. What are all the components it the steering system, the correct terminology, so that I know what to look for when I go to purchase the irems. Please tell me, starting from the steering wheel all the way to the tires. Thanks.
 

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howdy - take a look at my "garage" i'm on 33s with no lift kit but the springs are heavy duty. i honestly don't know what's going on there 'cos I just purchased him a couple weeks ago and he's in the shop being checked over by the performance guys. i gave them a call today to see what's up with my steering (rag joint? steering box? ball joints? camber?)...anyway my point is you don't have to get a lift kit if you can get some major springs.
 
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